Sailing ASA 101 Certification Class

You can pretty much take a sailing course anywhere around the country. I am lucky to have some really great sailing schools and clubs in my area. I took mine at True North Sailing School in Jersey City. Great location right on the Hudson and a couple of train stops away from me.

Basic Sailing 101

Course Description
Basic Sailing is for those who are new to the sport or those with a minimum amount of sailing experience. The goal of this extensive 21 hour course is to provide a firm foundation of sailing skills and knowledge which will enable the student to confidently sail a 24' to 30' keelboat in moderate wind and sea conditions. Basic Sailing is taught aboard J/24 sloops with a maximum of 4 students per boat. If requested A.S.A. Basic Keelboat Certification is awarded
upon successful completion of the written and practical exams.

Weekend And Weekday Course Formats
Basic Sailing consists of three 3 hour classroom sessions and and two 6 hour sailing sessions. One classroom session is scheduled prior to the first sailing session. This "Classroom First" method gives students the opportunity to absorb concepts such as sailing theory, terminology, nomenclature, points of sail, knot tying, right of way rules, chart reading & buoy systems before they get out on the water. By first having a firm understanding of the theory involved in sailing, students can maximize their time spent on the water practicing boat handling skills. All Basic Sailing Courses (both weekend and weekday) begin with a Tuesday evening classroom orientation.

Course Includes:

• Basic Keelboat Textbook
• All Course Materials

Topics Include:

• Parts Of The Boat
• Terminology
• Sailing Theory
• Rigging The Boat
• Tacking & Jibing
• Points Of Sail
• Sail Trim
• True & Apparent Wind • Knots
• Right Of Way Rules
• Man Overboard Recovery
• Reefing & Heaving-To
• Buoyage Systems
• Docking
• Engine Operation
• Safety Gear

Prerequisite: None
Cost: $600 (June 2011)
A.S.A. Certification Exam and Logbook $75 (Optional)

True North Sailing School offers 2 Basic Sailing Course Formats
Note: You can choose either a WEEKEND sailing format (Saturday & Sunday) or a WEEKDAY sailing format (Wednesday & Thursday) but please note that ALL Basic Sailing Courses both weekend and weekday begin with a Tuesday evening classroom orientation.

Rick Van Loon showing us one of his prize J24 Sloops.

A nice day on the Hudson, perfect for learning to tack and jibe.


The ducks know where to chill out.


"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."    — Robert A. Heinlein

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